Cambodian police allege casino protest funded by foreigners

Union leader arrested as US embassy urges authorities to respect free speech.

Cambodian authorities have claimed protests outside a Phnom Penh casino where workers are demanding the reinstatement of union leaders are being funded by foreign and local NGOs and have arrested a senior organizer.

Police said Chhim Sithar, leader of the protests in front of NagaWorld, was arrested and accused of inciting serious social unrest in violation of articles 494 and 495 of the penal code after repeated warnings to halt the demonstrations.

Another two union leaders, Sok Kongkea and Sok Narith, were also detained on Jan. 4. The three had been in hiding after being charged with inciting unlawful protests and their arrests prompted the US embassy into urging respect for the rights of workers.

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